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Image composition and shooting functions For freedom of creativity and boundless inspiration

Aperture : F8.0 ; Shutter speed : 1/500 sec. ; Exposure compensation : -0.3EV ; Sensitivity : ISO 100 ; White balance : AWB ; Custom image : Landscape

Custom Image Effortless expression of the ideal tone and shade for each subject

The K-1’s Custom Image function allows you to apply the preferred finishing touch to your image, based on your subject or creative intentions. With the addition of Auto Select, in which the camera automatically detects the type of scene or subject and selects the best finishing touch for you, and Flat, which produces a base image most tolerant to retouching, the K-1 now provides a total of 13 Custom Image modes.* Each mode provides minute adjustment of parameters such as saturation, shade, key, contrast and sharpness.**

  • The Custom Image mode is fixed to Auto Select when the camera’s exposure mode is set to AUTO.
  • * Adjustable parameters may vary depending on the selected Custom Image mode.

A selection of Custom Image modes

  • Auto Select 
  • Bright
  • Vibrant
  • Radiant
  • Reversal Film
  • Monochrome
  • Cross Processing
  • Muted
  • Flat 
  • Natural
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Bleach Bypass



Clarity control and Skin Tone correction*  Compensation of the subject’s texture, while retaining the image’s overall sharpness

The Clarity control function is an image-processing technology effective in reproducing the glossy texture of metals and the clearness of the sky or splashing water. By adjusting the smoothness of a silky or shiny surface, it lets you control the quality of texture and the degree of clarity. The Skin Tone correction function** restores a tender texture and a healthy tone of the subject’s skin, while keeping the high-resolution rendition in its hair and clothing and in the background. It depicts your subject with smooth texture and healthy skin tones.

  • Both of these functions are technologies developed by RICOH Co., Ltd.
  • * The Skin Tone correction function can be activated only when the Face Detection mode is selected.

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Clarity control:0

Clarity control:+4

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Skin Tone correction:ON

HDR Faithful reproduction of highlights and shadows

The K-1’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode* delivers an image similar to that detected by the naked eye, by minimizing white-washed highlights and pitch-black shadows, even with extreme high-contrast scenes. It also allows you to set a range of exposure shifts or use the Automatic Position Adjustment function.** Since this mode can save original image files in the RAW format, you can develop them by changing HDR settings or turning the HDR mode off. By using a PC and the included software, you can also divide a single RAW-format file into three separate RAW-format images, and save them as independent files.

  • This HDR function cannot be used in some shooting modes, and is not compatible with some other functions.
  • * The Automatic Position Adjustment function is fixed at the OFF mode when the Interval or Interval Movie shooting mode is selected.

Multiple exposure Three ways to synthesize highly creative images

The K-1 lets you capture the desired number of images — from two to 2,000 — to synthesize a single composite image, with three synthesis modes: average, additive and comparative brightness. In Live View shooting, the K-1 displays a translucent image of the already captured image on its LCD monitor, allowing you to make precise alignment of the images.


Digital filters For creating a dramatized work of art with special visual effects

The K-1 offers a choice of nine digital filters during shooting, and 21 digital filters during playback. You can apply as many as 20 filters to a single image to create a distinctive, personalized work of art.

CTE For expressing the colors of the mind, rather than truthful color reproduction

In contrast to the standard auto white balance mode, which is designed to suppress the effect of a light source color on the image’s color reproduction, the CTE (Color Temperature Enhancement) mode emphasizes the image’s dominant color based on the color temperature. It is useful in dramatizing sunrise and sunset scenes or snow-covered landscapes under the cloudy sky. It is also effective in preventing color fading or the loss of colors such as dark greens and faint pinks.



Movie recording Full HD movies with a beautiful bokeh effect

The K-1 records lively, true-to-life movies. Thanks to a shallow depth of field provided by its 35mm full-frame design, it effectively produces a beautiful bokeh effect. You can also record sound in stereo using a stereo microphone (commercial product, not included with the K-1), or monitor it during recording using headphones (commercial product, not included with the K-1).

4K-compatible Interval Movie shooting Documenting a constantly changing subject in high resolution

The K-1’s Interval Movie mode allows you to record still images of a slowly changing subject at a fixed interval, and link them into a single movie file. You can play back the 4K-resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) movie file,* as if fast-forwarding the time on the screen. The K-1 also provides the Star Stream function, which lets you draw the magical traces of stars in a movie.

  • When playing back the movie file on a device other than the K-1, the user is advised to use a PC operating environment supporting 4K-resolution movie playback.

Wi-Fi compatibility Remote control of the camera using a smartphone

By wirelessly connecting the K-1 with your smartphone, you can capture images from a distance, or browse them on the smartphone screen.* You can set various shooting functions and change their settings, adjust the focus, release the shutter, and check the captured images.

  • The dedicated Image Sync application is required for remote shooting and browsing operations. Image Sync can be downloaded free of charge from App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play™ (for Android™ smartphones).
  • * Access the RICOH IMAGING official website or contact our customer service center for compatible smartphone operating systems.

IMAGE Transmitter 2 compatibility Tethered photography from a personal computer

By installed the optional IMAGE Transmitter 2 tethering software on your PC and connecting it with the K-1 via USB terminal, you can operate the K-1, automatically transfer and save recorded images, and check photographic data on your computer. This greatly improves the efficiency of studio shooting.
Note: For proper use, the software must be upgraded to the latest version. Please access our official website for details.

In-body RAW data development Application of the desired finishing touch without a computer

The K-1 provides in-body development of RAW-format files, with the developed files saved as separate JPEG or TIFF files. This offers greater flexibility in finishing a captured image more faithfully to your creative intention, without the help of a PC. Thanks to a wide range of adjustable parameters, you can add a desired finishing touch to your image regardless of a location, until you are truly satisfied with the result. The K-1 also features a newly designed user interface for more effortless, more flexible parameter control.

Dual card slot Large-volume image data filing on two SD memory cards

The K-1’s card slot accepts two SD memory cards, with a choice of three data filing modes: “Serial” to store a large volume of data successively from one card to another; “Duplicate” (simultaneous filing) for simplified data backup, and “RAW/JPEG Division” to separate data files based on the recording format. It is also possible to copy an image stored on one card to another.

Digital Camera Utility 5 Exclusive software for high-quality finish and browsing

Supported by the acclaimed SILKYPIX® image development engine, this software allows you to browse through captured images and develop them into RAW-format files on a computer. It is compatible with the K-1’s new features, including the Flat mode of the Custom Image function and the Motion Correction function of the Pixel Shift Resolution System.

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